How much does an MOT cost?

The latest fees for an MOT test

The cost of an MOT test is set by the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), and the price depends on the type of vehicle that's being checked.

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Cost of a car MOT test

The maximum fee that a garage can legally charge for a car's MOT is £54.85, with no extra VAT on top.

Some MOT test centres might charge less than the maximum fee – with Smart Care you can get an MOT for £49.99 (£39.99 if you're an AA member).

Don't be tempted to skip a due MOT – you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving without a valid MOT certificate, and this would invalidate your car insurance too.

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Cost of a motorcycle MOT test

The maximum fee for a motorcycle MOT is £29.65, regardless of the engine size. If your motorcycle has a sidecar, the maximum price increases to £37.80.

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Cost of an MOT for other vehicles

The general rule is the bigger your vehicle and engine, the more expensive the MOT test is.

For example, a class 7 goods vehicle (pickups and vans between 3.0 and 3.5 tonnes gross weight) has a higher maximum MOT price of £58.60.

Check the maximum fee for your vehicle class so you're not caught out.

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How much does an MOT retest cost?

If your vehicle fails its MOT, it'll need to have a partial retest after the parts of the vehicle that caused it to fail have been repaired.

Your retest can be done for free, as long as the necessary repairs are completed at the same MOT test centre within 10 working days.

Or if the vehicle is still roadworthy, you can take it to a different garage for the repairs.

However, to get a free retest you must return it to the MOT test centre before the end of the next working day.

Our pre-MOT checklist will give your car the best possible chance of passing its MOT first time.

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MOT test from AA Smart Care

When you book an MOT you get:

  • Testing at AA approved garages.
  • Quick and easy online booking and payment.
  • Repair parts and labour are guaranteed for 1 year or up to 12,000 miles.
  • Fair, transparent pricing.

And if you book a service with an MOT, you can get free vehicle collection and return, subject to availability.

If your car does fail its MOT and you'd like us to make the necessary repairs, we can carry out your retest for free.

Author: The AA

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Free collection and return when you book a service with an MOT, subject to availability. Repair parts and labour are guaranteed for 1 year or up to 12,000 miles.